We needed to do 2 projects before leaving Shelbourne. Carl had to grind and pain the ports and I had to repair the MackPack from Mack Sails. On Carl’s journey up to New England from Florida the lazy jacks chaffed holes in the Mack Pack, next time we’ll take the MackPack down if we plan on doing longer than a few days sailing. The repairs were really simple, I just had 3 issues:
1. The MackPack is for a 65’ sailboat, bloody huge
2. Trying to fit a huge MackPack in our salon to sew
3. 2 mini helpers that love playing with pins and 1 little baby that likes to nurse around the clock
I finally got it finished. I had planned on it taking maybe 4 hours but it took a day and a half. It looks a little funny but it does the job. I put chafe patches where all the lazy jacks come into contact with the MackPack and doubled up on sunbrella fabric.
The Sailrite Sewing machine has been a great investment and has already paid for itself but there are a few flaws with it that I personally don’t like. Why isn’t the bobbin larger? If you work on canvas it’s safe to say that your projects are going to be larger. I’m not making hair scrunchies. My project yesterday was a 3 bobbin job. Also they could have made the arm on it a little wider. It’s bloody hard to jam so much sunbrella through the thing, I’m constantly cursing. All in all it’s a good little machine and has save us money but you do need to prepare to buy a 6 pack of beer or a bottle of wine to settle your temper at the end of the day.
Little man likes to join us for dinner in his bumbo, the kid is all head!
justontour Murphy says
Why do the Lazy Jacks have to go all the way to the boom? I see the advantage of it keeping the sail neat in the bag but, look around at other yachts, see if there are many that are only attached to the top sides of the stack pack. I see you have a fibreglass batten running the length of the stack pack. That’s where ours were tied on our cat. Preventing your chaff problem.
Carly Zaniboni says
That’s just how Mack Sails designs them. We don’t have a batten running the length of the pack and if we did I’m we could somehow attached them there, it would make more sense. I know that North Sails has a pack with a batten and the lazy jacks are attached to it but their packs are about 3 times the price of Mack Sails. It is nice to be able to reach and loosen the lazy jacks on the boom, it would be a bear to reach up so high but I’m sure they have a smart solution for that. I’m sure the next pack we’ll get will be one from North Sails but for now we’ll just repair, repair, repair.
Catherine VK4GH says
We used to keep a stash of leather, namely pigs hide, for chafe patches, as it is very tough and hard wearing. Can be glued on with contact and sewed around the edges if you think it is necessary. We managed to get some offcuts at a saddlery, which may be hard to find in fishing towns!
Carly Zaniboni says
We have a bit of leather on board too but just not enough for the job, didn’t know it could be glued – thanks for the tip. We’ll have to pick up some more when we come across it. Everything chafes!!
familjen Persson says
I am looking into buying a Sailrite also. (I don’t have a boat yet, but know what sewing machine I need – LOL). Is yours both manual and electric? Can you sew in leather with it? Can you also sew with very thin fabrics, like clothes? I am a seamstress, so obviously I need a machine for my sails and clothes! 🙂 Any input is appreciated! Thank you!
Carly Zaniboni says
A sailrite is definitely a great machine to have on board. I haven’t done a lot of projects but what I have done it’s already paid for itself. Ours is just electric but not too sure if you can buy an attachment to convert it. Yes it does leather great. I haven’t tried it on thin fabrics and I don’t find it really easy to use. Its very heavy and I can never get the stitching right. For some reason it always wants to create a birds nest at the start of each line. We have a big boat so I bought a little mini sewing machine to do clothes. I think sailrite told me once that it won’t do clothes but I have heard of other people using it to make clothes. You probably have a better skill set than me.